Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Mayor Boult announcement

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult has been made a life member of the Child Cancer Foundation.

The charity is very important to Mayor Boult and his wife, Karen. They became involved more than 30 years ago when Robert Strain, the three-year-old son of Mayor Boult's motor racing mechanic Marty Strain and his wife Jackie Strain, died from cancer.

"Seeing our close friends having to cope with this utterly devastating situation affected Karen and I a great deal. Since then the Child Cancer Foundation has been very dear to our hearts," Mayor Boult says.

Child Cancer Foundation Chief Executive Robyn Kiddle says Honorary Life Membership awards are given to people who have been nominated for their "unselfish support and service" to the charity over a lengthy period of time. The award has been given to just 21 people since the first award was conferred 26 years ago.

Mayor Boult's involvement with the board of the Child Cancer Foundation dates back to 1992 when he became chair of the Otago-Southland Child Cancer Accommodation Trust which, with the Cancer Society, built and ran accommodation in Dunedin for the families of children undergoing cancer treatment at Dunedin Hospital. When treatment services were moved to Christchurch, the sale of this property helped fund the existing Ronald McDonald accommodation in Christchurch and Auckland. While chairing the accommodation trust, the Boults also facilitated the purchase of a holiday house in Arrowtown so the families of children with cancer could have a break.

Mayor Boult joined the Child Cancer Foundation's national board in 2010, initially as chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and then as board chair. When the foundation's Family Place in Christchurch was made unusable by the earthquakes, Mayor Boult, then chief executive of Christchurch International Airport, provided office space at the airport for the foundation's Christchurch-based Family Support team. He also enabled the international departure lounge at the airport to be used for a major fundraiser to rebuild the charity's Christchurch premises.

Ms Kiddle says, due to Mayor Boult's business and community connections, specialists volunteered their time to help resolve the Child Cancer Foundation's post-earthquake insurance and zoning issues, and the charity's Christchurch Family Place was rebuilt for a subsidised cost.

"Jim has been a passionate and dedicated supporter of the Child Cancer Foundation for decades. With a high degree of business acumen, Jim has shared his knowledge and skills with the board in a direct, but inclusive, manner that has seen a significant lift in the overall governance ability of the organisation.

"In a nutshell - it is Jim's leadership qualities, his desire to make a real difference for the children and families by leveraging his community connections, and his objective approach to the Child Cancer Foundation's challenges and issues that has made him stand out."

Mayor Boult says he was humbled to be nominated for the award by his peers, all of whom make a generous contribution to the organisation.

"To me, the Child Cancer Foundation is much more than a charity that Karen and I donate to. It's doing something for people facing possibly the worst time of their lives. Giving some real, practical help when it's vitally needed.”

The award will be conferred by the Governor General at a ceremony at Government House during the next year.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell : On Dealing With Impeccable, Impeachable Lies

By now, the end game the Republican Senate majority has in mind in their setting of the rules for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is pretty clear to everyone: first deny the Democrats the ability to call witnesses and offer evidence, and then derisively dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. For his part, does former security adviser John Bolton really, really want to testify against his former boss? If there was any competing faction within the Republican Party, there might be some point for Bolton in doing so – but there isn’t. More>>

Published on Werewolf

 
 

WINZ Quarterly Report: More People Getting Into Work

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More>>

ALSO:

Changing lives: Boost In Whānau Ora Funding

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More>>

ALSO:


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels